is home to many magnificent wildlife areas and vast tracts
of untouched wilderness; names such as Serengeti, Zanzibar,
Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro are sure to conjure up magical
images of adventure.
During the greener months - from December
to May - the great wildebeest migration takes place in the
southern Serengeti and on the short grass plains of the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area where the animals in their
tens of thousands come to calve. This incredible spectacle
is played out on the vast horizonless plains and makes for
an unparalleled safari experience. Combined with a visit
to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera
in the world, and Olduvai Gorge where Lara’s grandparents,
Drs. Mary and Louis Leakey, made so many of their initial
discoveries of early hominids, your safari will yield an
unforgettable encounter with Africa.
In the dry season - from late July to mid–October
- southern and central Tanzania come into their own. Our
favourite dry season areas in Tanzania include Ruaha, Tarangire,
Katavi and the Selous. As the surrounding areas become parched
huge numbers of animals move in towards the last remaining
water, resulting in concentrated numbers of game. There
are some excellent opportunities to walk in true wilderness.
If you go to southern Tanzania then a trip to the Mahale
Mountains National Park to see the chimpanzees is well worth
the effort. Hiking through the forest tracking the chimps
is an incredible experience and spending time with them
is a privilege. The mountains rise up from the shores of
Lake Tanganyika, whose crystal clear water is full of dozens
of different species of fish and whose beaches are tranquil
and picturesque. On many occasions we have watched hippos
bound - as if in slow motion - across the sandy bottom of
the lake twenty feet below the hull of our dhow.
Tanzania is totally different in the dry and wet seasons
and the best itineraries reflect this.
Have a look at
photos from a recent safari that included Tanzania.
Want to read up on Tanzania before you go? Lowis & Leakey
and Longitude Books have partnered to create lists of classic,
new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most
out of your adventure. Click
here for suggested reading on Tanzania.
Credit and thanks for
the images included here goes to Ninian Lowis